HCMC hosts first European Literature Days

The 2016 European Literature Days will be organized for the first time in Ho Chi Minh City from May 8-12.

Eight European countries, Denmark, Germany, France, Sweden, Great Britain, Italy, Spain and Belgium will present works which have recently been published in Vietnamese, in collaboration with several major publishers.

The event will offer a lot of exciting activities for book lovers, including book presentations, readings, workshops, exhibitions, films, prizes and big discounts on European books in shops on HCMC’s Nguyen Van Binh Book Street I District 1.

Some of the highlights are talks ad workshops marking 400th anniversary of the death the British playwright William Shakespeare and the Spanish novelist Miguel de Cervantes, author of the famous Don Quixote.

This year’s book show will focus on adventures of iconic comic strip heroes, Tintin and Lucky Luke which are some of the most popular and best-selling comic-book series in continental Europe.

Many more European books have now been translated into Vietnamese for the first time. These newly translated works, many of which are award-winning titles, will be showcased in book presentations and conferences. These include «Wisdom and Destiny» by Maurice Maeterlinck (Wallonia-Brussels – Nobel prize 1911), «Don’t cry» by Lydie Salvayre (France – Goncourt prize 2014), “War memoirs” by Charles De Gaulle (France), “Geschmack von Apfelkernen” by Katharina Hagena, «Das Schloss» by Franz Kafka (Germany) and a wide range of children book series like “Ulysses Moore” Vol. 4, 5 and 6 (Italy), the three – volume Rico and Oskar series (Germany), «Speaking English with Martine» (Wallonia-Brussels), “Philosophy for teenagers” (France), and the illustrated children’s series «Secrets Children Need to Know» (Sweden).

The European Literature Days have been held annually in Hanoi by EUNIC, the association of European Cultural Institutes and Embassies, since 2011.

It celebrates and shares the best of European literature with Vietnamese readers. This year’s event will also take place in Ho Chi Minh City, opening the opportunity for a much wider audience of literature lovers in Vietnam to participate.

All activities of the event will be also held at the Goethe-Institute, l’Espace ad Casa Italia in Hanoi o May 5-10; and at IDECAF, Library of General Sciences HCMC, and Nguyen Van Binh Book Street in HCMC.

By Kim Khanh

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